Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois

Lemon Drops

Lemon drops melt like troubles
down my
cancer-ravaged throat

I thought I was a made man
with my black leather hat
and my Cuban cigars
but I am unmade

I have unmade myself
That’s always the way it is

whether you’ve organized your crimes
or left them unorganized

whether you’re Julius Caesar
or just some douche bag out on the
dirty street corner
trying to sing a capella


As are our own,
our enemy’s lives are ruled by ancient myth

so our brutal use of force
consoles them
even as it smites them

As in the days of our forefathers
they are obliterated from the sky


Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over fifteen-hundred of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for numerous prizes, and. was awarded the 2017 Booranga Writers’ Centre (Australia) Prize for Fiction. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and as a print edition. His poetry collection, The Arrest of Mr. Kissy Face, will be published by Pski’s Porch Publications in January 2019. He lives in Denver, Colorado, USA.  Read more about Mitchell and his books here.

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